Monday September 5th marks the 122nd anniversary of Labor Day. As most of us know, the national holiday is a creation of the labor movement in the late 19th century and is intended to pay tribute to those who are responsible for the nations social and economic success – the American worker. Ultimately, it was the 12-hour workday, and 7-day workweek, that built the foundation for which this great nation stands upon.
Over the course of the past century, work conditions have improved dramatically. American workers now experience a safer work setting, decreased work hours, accessibility to fresh air and breaks as well as sanitary conditions. That said, the upcoming holiday provides an opportunity to discuss current employment issues, which are standing in the way of achieving the American Dream. Contrary to what you may think, the issues at hand are similar to the same issues faced 100 years ago. They include equal pay regardless of race and sex, honest pay for an honest days work, skills and training education, retirement security, and in particular, workplace safety and health.
The American worker, regardless of full-time or part time status, should not have to worry about making it home safe to their families. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, 4821 people died while doing their jobs. In doing the math, that adds up to 13 people per day! The easiest way to improve upon these statistics is to implement safety measures in accordance with OSHA compliance, for example work place and first aid training.
Under the disastrous circumstance that an individual suffers a personal injury while at work, the fear of being inundated with medical bills and no way to pay for them or provide for family can be drowning. Yes, workers’ compensation may cover a percentage of lost wages and medical expenses, but the amount covered is dependent on state legislation. That said, there is no remedy in workers’ compensation to cover damages like pain and suffering, inconvenience, change in quality of life, and the inability to enjoy time with family.
So, while improvements to workplace safety have been made in past decades, it is important to continue to take action. As “food for thought” while we head to family barbeques or parades this weekend, consider how a workplace injury can potentially change lives forever. Not only are they a financial burden, but also families, friends, co-workers, and the community as a whole can be affected by just one work place injury. For business owners, the benefits of improving work place safety include reduced cost to your business, loyal employees, and improved product or service quality.
If you suffer an injury while at work due to the negligence or safety omissions of your employer, give Torgenson Law a call at (602) 726-0747. You will want aggressive and experienced attorneys to fight for the just compensation you deserve.